Limberlost

The Limberlost Swamp was the perfect laboratory for author Gene Stratton-Porter to study nature. At a time when most women were homemakers, Porter created a lasting legacy of northern Indiana’s vanishing natural history through her writings and photos.

Visit Limberlost State Historic Site

202 E. 6th St.
Geneva, IN 46740

P: 260.368.7428
F: 260.368.7007
E: limberlostshs@indianamuseum.org

Hours

Tuesday – Sunday
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Limberlost is closed Mondays, with the exception of Monday holidays, including Memorial Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, and Veterans Day. It is open Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Presidents Day, but closed on Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. 

Admission

Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites members receive FREE admission and a 10 percent discount in the gift shop.

Purchase admission tickets in the Limberlost Visitor Center. Tours are available on demand; the last tour begins at 4 p.m.

ADULT - $6
SENIOR* - $5
CHILD* - $3
CHILDREN UNDER 3 - FREE
*Senior: Ages 60 and older, Child: Ages 3 through 17

The Limberlost parking lot connects with U.S. Hwy 27, and is free to all visitors.

Group Discount
Receive $1 off of regular admission with a group of 15 or more.

Events

Swift Night Out
Aug. 4, 2018, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Enjoy a presentation on chimney swifts in the Limberlost Visitor Center classroom, then walk downtown to watch swifts enter a chimney to roost for the night. This event is free, but donations are encouraged.

Bluegrass Jamboree 
Aug. 19, 2018, 2 to 4 p.m.
Volunteer musicians gather on the site to play a variety of bluegrass, gospel and folk music. Bring an instrument and join the musicians, or bring a lawn chair and picnic, sit back and enjoy the tunes. This event is free, but donations are encouraged.

Please check out our calendar for upcoming events at our other historic sites and the Indiana State Museum.

School Groups

Interested in scheduling a group/school tour? Special rates are available for groups of 10 or more and for school groups. Call 260.368.7428 to schedule your visit.

Academic topics covered include natural history and environmentalism.

School Group Tours

  • Limberlost Cabin Tour - Learn about the home and natural environment that inspired Gene Stratton-Porter to write her bestselling books. Students can also learn about Indiana's original ecosystem, Gene's role as a naturalist and how technology, culture and family life have evolved since the late 19th century. Grades K-12.
  • Limberlost Wetland School Group Tour - Discover the plants and animals that inspired Gene Stratton-Porter to become a leading naturalist of her time. Grades PreK-12.

Educational Festivals and Events

  • Check back for more info soon.

Facility Rentals

 

Consider hosting your special event at Limberlost State Historic Site. Please fill out our inquiry form to receive information.

 

About Limberlost

In the early 1800s the Limberlost Swamp was described as a “treacherous swamp and quagmire, filled with every plant, animal and human danger known — in the worst of such locations in the central states.” Stretching for 13,000 acres the vast forest and swampland was legendary for its quicksand and unsavory characters. The swamp received its name from Limber Jim, who got lost while hunting in the swamp. When the news spread, the cry went out “Limber’s lost!”

To famed Indiana author Gene Stratton-Porter, the swamp was her playground, laboratory and inspiration for her acclaimed articles, fiction and photographs. Geneva (Gene) Grace Stratton was born in1863, near Wabash. Her parents passed along a love of the unspoiled outdoors — a love she kept throughout her life as a respected author, naturalist, photographer and illustrator. In 1886, Gene married Charles Porter, owner of a drug store in Geneva. After the birth of their daughter, Jeannette, they moved in 1888 to Geneva, near the Limberlost Swamp. Gene designed a 13-room, Queen Anne rustic log “cabin” completed in 1895. The interior is finished in both Victorian and Arts and Crafts styles. The Porters lived here until the swamp was drained in 1913. She then built a new home on the shore of Sylvan Lake near Rome City.

In the 18 years that she lived at Limberlost, she wrote six of her 12 novels and five of her seven nature books, including the best-selling Freckles and A Girl of the Limberlost. An estimated 50 million people worldwide have read her works, and many of her novels were produced as motion pictures.